$150,000 To Go
Goal 250,000! Funds will go towards the 2023 FLEDR rescue fund

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or want to give towards the 2024 FLEDR fund, please click below and learn how you can get involved.

Natural Disaster in 2023
Florida Equine Disaster Response
Our Mission
Our mission at Florida Equine Disaster Response is to support the equine community in times of disaster by increasing disaster preparedness awareness, providing evacuation assistance, distributing critical supplies, and working with our government and community to provide recovery relief following a disaster. By lessening the burden on government agencies, we aim to prevent the suffering of horses and humans in the state of Florida. We provide education and training opportunities to both civilians and first responders, to make a difference during times of need for the equine community. With over 385,000 horses and a $11.7 billion annual economic impact in Florida, our mission is critical. We have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian in South Florida, and are committed to making a lasting impact long into the future.
Thank You Sponsors
There are many ways for people to donate to Florida Equine Disaster Response and help us in our mission to support the equine community during times of disaster. One way is through monetary donations, which can be made on our website or through a check or wire transfer. Additionally, we welcome in-kind donations such as hay, grain, medical supplies, and other essential items that can be used to provide assistance to horses in need. Donations of time and expertise are also appreciated, as we rely on the help of volunteers and professionals to carry out our operations. Finally, we encourage individuals and businesses to consider hosting fundraisers or events such as benefit concerts, galas, or auctions to help raise awareness and support for our organization. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference in our ability to provide assistance and relief to horses and their owners during times of crisis.
Whether you are an experienced horse person or simply passionate about animal welfare, as a volunteer, you may have the opportunity to work directly with horses both pre and post disaster, collect and distribute critical supplies, assist in fundraising, educational and outreach efforts. By volunteering your time and skills, you can make a real difference in the lives of these animals while also learning more about equine care and developing valuable skills. Whether you are an experienced horse person or simply passionate about animal welfare, volunteering with Florida Equine Disaster Response can be a meaningful way to give back to your community and make a positive impact.
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Ensures first priority emergency relief in a disaster zone

Florida Equine Disaster Response
how FLEDR got started
After witnessing the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, I saw firsthand the desperate need for assistance within the Equine Community. As a Florida native, horse trainer and professional Firefighter / Paramedic of 13+ years, I couldn’t stand by and watch as these animals were left without shelter, food, and medical care. Together with the Agricultural Community, we established “Forward Distribution Points” to provide essential supplies and assistance to those in need. Now, “FLORIDA EQUINE DISASTER RESPONSE” aims to be the first line of defense in future disasters, ensuring the safety and well-being of our equine friends. Join us in supporting this important cause. ~Barry Spinweber | Founder

Natural Disaster’s In Florida

While on a Fire Rescue deployment for Hurricane Ian, I received multiple personal requests for assistance from those in the Equine Community. Unfortunately, emergency services were overwhelmed with human search and rescue efforts, leaving the needs of the Equine Community lower on the priority dispatching Call log. That’s why we established a “Forward Distribution Point” in South Sarasota County and Fort Myers, with the blessing of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, to collect donations and distribute much-needed supplies to those in need. Since then, we have been providing relief and support to the Equine Community during natural disasters, and we believe that we can make a big difference in their lives. Thank you for listening, and we hope you will consider supporting our cause.

2023 Donation Goal $250,000

Donated 10%
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Small amounts add up to help us support or mission of helping horses in times of disaster.
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Ensures first priority emergency relief in a disaster zone

Hurricane Season Ends November 30th

April 27, 2023 Ohio Quarter Horse Association donates to Florida Equine Disaster Response.